Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Sunday, Jan. 15, at about 2:30 p.m., the bodies of two adult males were recovered from Lake Charlotte. The bodies have been identified as Bradley Skafte, 20, of Buffalo and Adam Patnode, 19, of Corcoran.
Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty reports that on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8:55 p.m., the Sheriff's Office received a report of an ATV that had gone through the ice on Lake Charlotte near the address of 33 Halsey Av SE in Rockford Township.
The responding deputy was able to determine that a 66-year old Buffalo man had driven his ATV on to the ice after observing what he thought to be a snowmobile go through the ice. While looking for the snowmobile, The ATV also went through the ice. The man on the ATV was helped out of the water by a neighbor, but the ATV was not recovered.
The Wright County Sheriff's Office conducted a search of the area for the snowmobile with the assistance of the Hanover Fire Department and a helicopter from the Minn. State Patrol. Searchers were able to locate snowmobile tracks that led to an area of open water. During the search, The Sheriff's Office was contacted by the families of two young men who were missing. The persons that were reported missing, were believed to be snowmobiling on the lake.
The Sheriff's Office will be continuing the search today with the assistance of divers.